May 9, 2023

Teenage goes under knife, out for three months

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Ricky Zililo

ZIMBABWEAN international Teenage Hadebe on Sunday had his right leg operated on in the United States of America meaning that the footie star could be out of action for at least 10 weeks.

The 27-year-old defender who plays for Major League Soccer side Houston Dynamo looked bubbly in a picture he took while lying on his hospital bed and posted it on his official Twitter account.
“Road to recovery. Big thanks to Dr Greaser and his team on a successful surgery. Thankful for all the support from family, friends and teammates. @HoustonDynamo, can’t wait to be back,” wrote Hadebe.
In their response to the Zimbabwean defender’s tweet, Houston Dynamo said: “H-Town is with you all the way, Teenage! Get well soon and here’s to a speedy recovery.”

A medical expert who spoke on condition of anonymity said Hadebe could be out for at least two months.
“If it is a procedure to fix a ligament, which is the most likely to be in this case, the athlete might be out of action for about 10 to 12 weeks. The good thing is that in the US there are good facilities that will assist him with speedy recovery,” said the expert.

Hadebe has established himself as a vital cog at Houston Dynamo. This season he has played eight league games for his side that is on position six in the Western Conference table with 14 points from nine games. Because of injury, Hadebe missed his team’s ninth match on Sunday against Real salt lake which ended in a 0-0 draw.

The former Highlanders, Chicken Inn, Bantu Rovers and Kaizer Chiefs defender’s last match was in the third round of the US Open Cup against Tampa Bay Rowdies which they won 1-0 on April 27.

Meanwhile, Lucky Mkosana was an unused substitute as Tampa Bay Rowdies beat Phoenix Rising 2-0 on Sunday. Tampa bay Rowdies play in the second tier, USL Championhip and are on position four with 11 points from nine matches in the Eastern Conference. They trail leaders Charleston battery by seven points.

In South Africa, Washington Arubi’s Marumo Gallants were left staring relegation in the topflight following their 2-0 defeat to champions Mamelodi Sundowns. Arubi’s side is third from the bottom of the DStv Premiership table with 29 points from 29 games. They are tied on points with second from the bottom Chippa United who have a game in hand.

Terence Dzukamanja played 82 minutes for Orlando Pirates as they beat rivals Kaizer Chiefs 2-1 in the semi-finals of the Nedbank Cup. Pirates will meet Willard Katsande’s Sekhukhune United in the final after knocking out Stellenbosch 4-3 after a penalty shootout.


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